Evening Full Of BBQ, Live Music Taking Over Wakefield

WAKEFIELD – The community of Wakefield will be shutting down Main Street for a full day of family fun during ‘Wakefest’ on Saturday, August 20.

Most of the activities during the day are free while tickets will need to be purchased for evening events which will get you access to view all four bands and the all-you-can-eat BBQ wings.

Wakefield Community Club assists with promotions throughout the community of Wakefield while Wakefield Youth Rec is a non-profit organization which supports youth activities.

Adam Goos and Megan Weaver joined the View from Wayne America this week to highlight the Second annual event called, ‘Wakefest’.

A good portion of the weekend funds will support Wakefield Youth Rec.

Will all of the events located on Main Street, Goos suggested to parking on the east side of Main Street or on the west side.

“There’ll be two entrances to the festival area,” said Goos. “You can enter at 1st and Main which is kind of down by Michael Foods. The easiest access would probably be right at 3rd and Main. We will have some parking blocked off specifically for our senior citizens so they can access the gate or pull up to the entry to drop off.”

Cost for the evening activities is $20 in advance by visiting wakefieldcommunityclub.com or stop by the Little Red Hen Theatre now through Friday. Day of tickets on Saturday will be $25.

Open Saturday morning with the free Michael Foods Chicken Color Run at 8 a.m. during the same time as the Wakefest Breakfast at the Fire Hall (suggested donation of $5).

The Wakefest Parade will start at 10 a.m. leading into the street festival from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

There are nearly 30 vendors signed up which will feature traditional and Hispanic food and crafts as well as entrepreneur vendors.

An activity unlimited bracelet can be purchased to participate in the bounce houses, VR game truck, laser tag arena, Trojan Zone, 4-H petting zoo and more.

Weaver has focused most of her time on the BBQ side with over 800 pounds of wings to cook for the event. Pulled pork, beans and chips will also be available in the evening starting at 5 p.m. Talented local cookers will compete, and attendees will help decide who should be the king of the BBQ.

Weaver mentioned youth in grades third through sixth are invited to compete in two-person teams and show up the cooking and grilling skills of their parents.

“The kids are encouraged to come out and decorate their booths, dress up, have a good time with it and create the perfect burger,” Weaver mentioned. “We’ll have four judges and then there’ll be a cash prize for first and second places as well as the best decorated booth.”

Wakefield Youth Rec provides the grills and hamburger as cost is $10 per team and will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The car show attracted almost 40 cars last year as registration will open at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The first 50 cars who arrive will be issued a dash plaque. There’ll also be a Show and Shine contest which will take place from noon until 3 p.m.

The American Legion will host a pie & ice cream social also from noon until 3 p.m. as another afternoon event includes a tractor pedal pull at 2 p.m. for kids 12 and younger.

This year’s 2022 Wakefield Youth Rec Cornament will start at 2 p.m. Due to limited boards, those interested in participating should sign-up ahead of time which will offer cash prizes.

Goos also had the task of bringing in live music which will start at 5:30 p.m. and highlighted the music groups.

“Chad and Amy Barnhill out of Norfolk are going to do some acoustic covers with voice and guitar,” Goos added. “We also have a regional favorite the Prodigal Sons out of Ponca they’re going to be taking the stage for about two hours. Then our headliner is out of Omaha her name is Tara Vaughan and she is a recording artist. Then the night will end with another local band, Los Cuates Del Quetzal. They play a whole variety of Latino music both traditional and some more contemporary stuff.”

The BBQ and live music will be located in one giant beer garden. Limited seating will be available, event organizers are suggesting you bring a lawn chair.

Find the complete list of sponsors and more information on Wakefest by visiting wakefieldcommunityclub.com.

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